UNESCO Chair in Cultural and Religious Itineraries (466), established in 1999 at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) - Centre d’études des religions du Livre (UMR 8584) (France).


Intercultural and interfaith dialogue, Religious sciences.


  • To strengthen the postgraduate curriculum and the doctoral training of the EPHE – École Pratique des Hautes Études. Section de sciences religieuses (Sorbonne, Paris) through a multidisciplinary and comparative approach of religions and their cultures in order to provide a training without any kind of syncretism and proselytism.
  • To help religions and cultures to contribute more actively to a culture and an education for peace on an international scale, to promote the weak and the minorities, to learn about tolerance, ethical values and solidarity in sharing. (Culture of the « Open City »)
  • To increase awareness of the importance of interfaith and intercultural dialogue through the training of teachers and trainers specialized in the study of history and religions respectful of secularity and the participation in the cultural heritage conservation.

Host Institution


UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network



Progress report 2007-2009 (short version)


Prof. Carmelo Giuseppe Conticello, « Centre d’études des religions du Livre », Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
E-Mail address - giuseppe.conticello(at)
Work Phone - + 33 1 49 58 36 07
Fax - + 33 1 49 58 36 25
Street - 7, rue Guy Môquet, BP 8
City - Villejuif
Postal Code - 94801
Country - France